Category: Spiritual Warfare

Who Were The Nephilim?

The Nephilim are first mentioned in Genesis 6:1-4 were the Bible says the following:

Genesis 6:1-4
When man began to multiply on the face of the land and daughters were born to them, 2 the sons of God saw that the daughters of man were attractive. And they took as their wives any they chose. 3 Then the Lord said, “My Spirit shall not abide in man forever, for he is flesh: his days shall be 120 years.” 4 The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of man and they bore children to them. These were the mighty men who were of old, the men of renown.

So who or what were the Nephilim? Well the most popular view of what the Nephilim were with the interpretation of Genesis 6:1-4 is that the Nephilim were the offspring of sexual relationships between the “sons of God” or fallen angels and the human women.
Therefore when fallen angels or demons mated with human females, what resulted through such a sexual union was the offspring or hybrids called the Nephilim.

So what did the Nephilim look like? The Nephilim have been described as being a race of giants and hybrids. Therefore they had a mixture of human and demonic DNA.
According to sources such as the Book of Enoch and the Bible, the Nephilim had great size, great influence, great power and they were extremely wicked and evil.
They were also treated as “gods” because of their stature and power.

Genesis 6:1-7 when read in context gives us the picture that one of the main reasons why God may have decided to destroy the earth through the great flood was because of the existence of the Nephilim.

It’s believed that one of the reasons why the demons mated with humans to produce the Nephilim was so that they could pollute the human bloodline and prevent the future coming of the Messiah who is Jesus Christ.
Therefore the more the population of the Nephilim increased and mated with humans – the more polluted the human DNA and bloodline would become.
Furthermore the existence of the Nephilim accelerated the wickedness in the earth to the point that God decides to destroy the earth by a great flood. Genesis 6:5 says that God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth and such that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was continuously evil.
Therefore the influence of the Nephilim both physically and spiritually polluted and affected mankind to the point that it reached irredeemable proportions. God’s solution was to flood the earth

In context, Genesis 6:4-7 says The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of man and they bore children to them. These were the mighty men who were of old, the men of renown. 5 The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 6 And the Lord was sorry that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart. 7 So the Lord said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens, for I am sorry that I have made them.”

In conclusion, the flood was not only the result of wickedness of mankind but it was also the result of the existence and great influence of the Nephilim.

What is Spiritual Warfare?

What is spiritual warfare? Does everyone experience spiritual warfare?

Ephesians 6:12 says “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.”

Spiritual warfare is the battle that takes place in the unseen world. Just as we live in a natural world where we can see, touch, hear and taste, there is also an unseen or spiritual realm that exists.
The Bible is clear that mankind has a spiritual enemy and that enemy is the devil and his army of demons.

The devil therefore is not only an enemy to the Christian believer but he is also an enemy to the unbelievers even if unbelievers are unaware of it.
The devil is the enemy of all the things that God loves.
The Bible says that the devil kills, steals and destroys (John 10:10) and that he prowls like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8).

Therefore in spiritual warfare, the devil and his demons seek to oppress you as a Christian. What’s important to note however is that a Christian CANNOT be possessed by a demon but one can be oppressed as a Christian.
A method in which the devil may oppress Christians is through worry, anxiety, depression, condemnation, guilt, suicidal thoughts, relationship conflicts and the like.

For the unbeliever, the devil can both possess and oppress. While Christians cannot be demon possessed, it is possible for a non-christian / unbeliever to be possessed by demons. It’s also possible for an unbeliever to be oppressed by demons in much the same way that Christians get oppressed with depression and conflicts and the like.

The major reason why Christians cannot be possessed by demons unlike an unbeliever is because the true Christian believer has the Holy Spirit dwelling inside him/her. The true Christian believer has received salvation and been bought back into the kingdom of God through the blood of Jesus Christ. Therefore demon possession specifically does not apply to the true Christian believer.

Spiritual warfare not only happens within individuals, but a family, a city, a nation and even the world at large experiences spiritual warfare because the battle between good and evil is being fought at every level of life here on earth.

Spiritual warfare is therefore constantly happening even though at times we may not understand it or see it or feel it.
The battle is ultimately happening between God and satan for the souls of mankind.
Spiritual warfare is the battle is the battle in the unseen world that has a direct impact on our natural world.

The only way that you can have victory over the devil and over sin in your life is through accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. Without Jesus Christ in our life, we cannot have victory.
Jesus gives us authority over the enemy (Luke 10:19) and through the Holy Spirit we are given the ability to not only have victory over sin – but to also live a life that is pleasing to God.

 

DO YOU WANT TO BE A CHRISTIAN or A FOLLOWER OF JESUS CHRIST???

1. ACKNOWLEDGE: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). “God be merciful to me a sinner” (Luke 18:13).
You must acknowledge that you are a sinner and that you therefore need Jesus in your life.

2. REPENT: “Unless you repent you will all likewise perish” (Luke 13:3), “Repent therefore and be converted that your sins may be blotted out” (Acts 3:19)
Repenting means: to change your mind; a sincere turning away, in heart, mind and action;
Therefore God wants you to repent of sinful values and of sinful living. God wants you to decide to
follow Him and to make Jesus the Lord of your life.

3. CONFESSION: “If we confess our sins. He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9)
God is a forgiving God. God will forgive any sin that you have done because Jesus died for ALL your sins and to set you free from the bondage of all types of sin in your life.

4. BELIEVE: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
You must believe that ONLY Jesus can save you and restore your relationship with God. You must believe that Jesus is the ONLY way by which you can have everlasting life and escape from eternal separation from God. You must believe that Jesus died on the cross for you and resurrected from the grave.
“He came to His own, and His own did not receive him, But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name” (John 1:11-12)
By faith, You must receive Jesus as Your Lord & Savior and therefore; you become a child of God; you become born again; you become a Christian; you restore your broken relationship with God

 

Why Not Make Your Eternal Decision NOW?

We become born again Christians by GRACE through FAITH or TOTAL TRUST in Jesus Christ as our Lord & Savior (Galatians 3:26) & (Ephesians 2:8,9). Salvation is a FREE gift received through FAITH in Christ.

PLEASE NOTE: You can choose to pray in your own words. This prayer is a sample prayer and it is only an EXPRESSION of your faith, belief & trust in Jesus. Salvation is by GRACE through FAITH or BELIEVING in Christ Jesus as your Lord & Saviour.

“Lord Jesus, I thank You for Your love. I thank You that You died on the cross for me and resurrected so that I may have life through You.
I confess Lord that I have sinned against You and today I ask You to forgive me of all of my sins, past present and future.
I repent of all of my sins and I ask You to cleanse me Jesus.
Thank You for forgiving my sins.
From this moment, come into my life Lord Jesus & take full control of my life. I want to follow You Jesus and I want to follow Your ways. Save me and from today, make me the person You want me to be.
I receive You Lord Jesus right now by faith. I trust You as my Lord and Savior – Amen”

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Should We Consult Horoscopes?

Should we consult horoscopes? Are we supposed to read our horoscopes and believe them? A horoscope is defined as a forecast of a person’s future, typically including a depiction of character and circumstances, based on the relative positions of the stars and planets at the time of that person’s birth.
Therefore one of the purposes of horoscopes is to attempt to forecast the future and to gain insight into future events that may or may not happen in one’s personal life.
Another purpose of horoscopes is to perceive a person’s personality or character traits based on that person’s time of birth and zodiac sign.
Most people who consult their horoscope end up receiving instruction on how to live their life or what decisions to make based on the astrological chart or readings they have received.

There is no doubt that many people of different backgrounds and religions regularly consult horoscopes and believe that the answers to life’s issues and questions are found in the stars and planets.
However, should Christians consult horoscopes? Should we believe in astrology as the answer to our future? What does the Bible say about horoscopes?

Deuteronomy 18:10-12 NKJV
There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, 11 or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. 12 For all who do these things are an abomination to the Lord, and because of these abominations the Lord your God drives them out from before you.

Isaiah 47:13-14 NKJV
You are wearied in the multitude of your counsels; Let now the astrologers, the stargazers,
And the monthly prognosticators stand up and save you from what shall come upon you.
14 Behold, they shall be as stubble, The fire shall burn them; They shall not deliver themselves
From the power of the flame; It shall not be a coal to be warmed by, Nor a fire to sit before!

Astrology and horoscopes are a form of divination. Divination is a method of forecasting the future without the participation or power of God. Divination is therefore a demonic method of attempting to foretell the future. It is forbidden by God (Leviticus 19:26) and in many cases there is a demonic spirit of divination (Acts 16:16) that is involved in this practice.

God does not want us to consult astrologers and horoscopes. He wants us to consult Him and to trust in Him for our future (Proverbs 3:5-6). Divination only leads to fear, anxiety and a lack of trust in God who holds your life & future in His hands. Horoscopes lead people away from God because they are demonically inspired (1 Timothy 4:1). Horoscopes therefore shift people’s faith away from God and away from the Bible which is God-inspired (2 Timothy 3:16-17).

God’s will and plan for our lives cannot be found in astrology or by reading horoscopes. We can only find out God’s plan for our lives through meditating the Scriptures (Psalms 1:1-3) and by having a trusting, personal and prayerful relationship with God through our Saviour Jesus Christ (John 14:1-6).
Only our Creator knows our future. Only our Creator can direct our lives if we allow Him into our life. Only our Creator can reveal to us the truth (Jeremiah 33:3).

Jeremiah 29:11-13 NKJV
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. 12 Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. 13 And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.

God has a plan and a future for our lives. Let us trust in Him. Let us put our total faith in Him and not in horoscopes.

 

WHO OR WHAT DO YOU TRUST?
Have you been trusting in anything else other than Jesus Christ in your life? Our trust for our future should only be in God and not in anything or anyone else (Jeremiah 17:5-8).
Are you tired of putting your trust in horoscopes and astrology to give you guidance about your future?
Why not instead put your trust in your Creator – God?
God created you “to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11) and only God is able to give you direction pertaining to your future.
To have a personal relationship with God we must accept His begotten Son Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour. Jesus is the way, the truth and life towards having a divine and godly direction in our life (John 14:6)

 

DO YOU WANT TO BE A CHRISTIAN or A FOLLOWER OF JESUS CHRIST???

1. ACKNOWLEDGE: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). “God be merciful to me a sinner” (Luke 18:13).
You must acknowledge that you are a sinner and that you therefore need Jesus in your life.

2. REPENT: “Unless you repent you will all likewise perish” (Luke 13:3), “Repent therefore and be converted that your sins may be blotted out” (Acts 3:19)
Repenting means: to change your mind; a sincere turning away, in heart, mind and action;
Therefore God wants you to repent of sinful values and of sinful living. God wants you to decide to
follow Him and to make Jesus the Lord of your life.

3. CONFESSION: “If we confess our sins. He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9)
God is a forgiving God. God will forgive any sin that you have done because Jesus died for ALL your sins and to set you free from the bondage of all types of sin in your life.

4. BELIEVE: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
You must believe that ONLY Jesus can save you and restore your relationship with God. You must believe that Jesus is the ONLY way by which you can have everlasting life and escape from eternal separation from God. You must believe that Jesus died on the cross for you and resurrected from the grave.
“He came to His own, and His own did not receive him, But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name” (John 1:11-12)
By faith, You must receive Jesus as Your Lord & Savior and therefore; you become a child of God; you become born again; you become a Christian; you restore your broken relationship with God

 

Why Not Make Your Eternal Decision NOW?

We become born again Christians by GRACE through FAITH or TOTAL TRUST in Jesus Christ as our Lord & Savior (Galatians 3:26) & (Ephesians 2:8,9). Salvation is a FREE gift received through FAITH in Christ.

PLEASE NOTE: You can choose to pray in your own words. This prayer is a sample prayer and it is only an EXPRESSION of your faith, belief & trust in Jesus. Salvation is by GRACE through FAITH or BELIEVING in Christ Jesus as your Lord & Saviour.

“Lord Jesus, I thank You for Your love. I thank You that You died on the cross for me and resurrected so that I may have life through You.
I confess Lord that I have sinned against You and today I ask You to forgive me of all of my sins, past present and future.
I repent of all of my sins and I ask You to cleanse me Jesus.
Thank You for forgiving my sins.
From this moment, come into my life Lord Jesus & take full control of my life. I want to follow You Jesus and I want to follow Your ways. Save me and from today, make me the person You want me to be.
I receive You Lord Jesus right now by faith. I trust You as my Lord and Savior – Amen”

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Avoiding Occult Practices

Leviticus 19:31 ESV
Do not turn to mediums or wizards; do not seek them out, and so make yourselves unclean by them: I am the Lord your God.

Today many people are dabbling and engaging in all sorts of occult practices such as divination, astrology, voodoo, witchcraft and the like.
In an attempt to search for answers to life’s challenges; or to search for riches; or to search for power; or even to search for vengeance, many people have sought the occult practices as a means by which to accomplish their goals and objectives in life.
However, the problem with performing and participating in occult practices is that
(a) Occult practices and participation are dangerous
(b) Occult practices and participation can be very subtle and deceptive
(c) Occult practices and participation is demonic and satanic and is a form of idolatry
(d) God strictly forbids all forms of occult practice
Those who practice the occult open themselves and their lives to demonic activity, demonic possession, and oppression.
Occult practices such as tarot cards, astrology, voodoo, contacting the dead, fortune telling, divination etc. are to be avoided by both the Christian and also the non-Christian.

What is Occult?
The word Occult is a Latin word which means “hidden, secret or mysterious”. Therefore one could define Occult as using secret, hidden supernatural knowledge and practices such as witchcraft, voodoo, divination etc which have been forbidden by God in order to achieve an objective.
Dictionary.com defines Occult as being “of or pertaining to magic, astrology or any system claiming use or knowledge of secret or supernatural powers or agencies”

Deuteronomy 18:10-13 NIV
Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, 11 or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. 12 Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord, and because of these detestable practices the Lord your God will drive out those nations before you. 13 You must be blameless before the Lord your God.

VARIOUS TYPES OF OCCULT PRACTICES

Below are the various definitions of occult practices as outlined in Deuteronomy 18:10-13.

1. Child sacrifice – This is a secret practice in various countries where witchcraft and all forms of satanism and sorcery is practiced. It involves the shedding of young and innocent blood.

2. Divination – this is the demonic contrast to the true Biblical definition of prophecy. Therefore while the gift of prophecy is a gift which originates from the Holy Spirit, the act or divination originates from the demonic and is a counterfeit ability to true Biblical prophecy. Divination is man’s attempt to know the future and discover hidden knowledge apart from God through using false prophets, dreams, astrology, fortune telling, consulting familiar spirits, reading omens and the like.

3. Sorcerer – a magician; a conjurer; a charmer; an enchanter; one who practices magic arts and sorcery. He charms, with an intent to do harm, to entertain, to gain money or to deceive or pervert the mind. A sorcerer is able to perform signs and wonders which appear miraculous but yet these signs and wonders originate from the demonic.

4. Interprets omens – This is an attempt to seek hidden knowledge and meaning through signs, stars, events, animals, objects and the like.

5. Witchcraft – this is a form of sorcery. Witchcraft involves the manipulation of things, situations or people in an ungodly manner. It can involve the use of magic arts, spells, or charms. In some cultures witchcraft is a religion or it is part of a religion. It also involves the use of formulas, chants, incantations to practice sorcery; Its goal is to produce extraordinary effects through the invocation or aid of demons; It attempts with the aid of the demonic to control things, events and people of whom one should have no natural control of.

6. Casting spells – The Hebrew word chabar literally means one who ties knots. It refers to a person who ties up or binds a person by means of magic spells, chants or words spoken against the particular person. It would include such things as voodoo and various forms of word cursing spoken to bind people or to hurt people.

7. Medium – This person can sometimes act as a mediator between the living and the dead. He is a necromancer; therefore he calls up the dead and the medium himself can be possessed by the supposedly dead and become a gateway by which the living speaks to the dead. They do not actually speak to the dead however, but it is familiar spirits or evil spirits that mimic the dead whom they speak to.

8. Spiritist – One who consults with familiar spirits; one who has hidden knowledge through demonic means.

9. Fortune Telling – a type of divination. An attempt to learn hidden knowledge, discover the future through such examples as palm reading, tarot cards, etc. It is also done through the spirit of divination and generally the goal of fortune telling is for monetary gain.

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HOW TO BE FREE FROM OCCULT PRACTICES

The issue of how to be free from occult practices is another topic on its own which requires a lot of detail to explain. God-willing I will have an opportunity to write about it soon. However below is a brief summary of scripture that explains how we can become free from occult practices. Dabbling in the occult is a sin against God and God offers His forgiveness and we must be willing to truly repent and forsake occult practices in our lives.

(A) THE TEACHINGS AND THE TRUTH OF GOD’S WORD CAN SET YOU FREE. Do not believe the lie and the promise of occult doctrine and occult practices. Rather believe the truth of God’s promises which are found in His word. (John 8:31, 32 – So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”)

(B) JESUS WHO IS THE WAY, THE TRUTH & THE LIFE CAN SET YOU FREE. Jesus and His word are one. You cannot separate Jesus from His word. Jesus died on the cross and shed His blood for us so that we would not have to be slaves to sin or to occult practices. We must become followers of Christ who are willing to believe and obey His word and who are willing to yield to the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives. (John 8:34-36 – Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. 35 The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. 36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.)

(C) YOU MUST REPENT, FORSAKE AND REMOVE ALL FORMS OF ITEMS THAT BELONG TO THE OCCULT IN OUR LIVES. If we are to be free, we must repent, remove and destroy all things that pertain to the occult. We must never refer to them again or even refer to people and books that glorify occult practices. (Acts 19:19-20  – And a number of those who had practiced magic arts brought their books together and burned them in the sight of all. And they counted the value of them and found it came to fifty thousand pieces of silver. 20 So the word of the Lord continued to increase and prevail mightily.)

If you know you have been involved in the occult, repent and become a genuine active follower of the Lord Jesus Christ. True deliverance is not found by your own effort or power, but it is found by the finished work of Christ Jesus on the cross and the blood He shed (Revelations 12:11 – And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death.)

 

Can Christians Be Demon Possessed?

Is it possible for a born again Christian to be possessed by a demon?
To answer the above question, one always has to go back to the Bible and learn from the teachings of God and learn the Biblical patterns that exist in scripture in order to come up with the truth.

Demon possession is defined as the following:
• Demonic possession is the control over a human form / human body by a demon / evil spirit
• The condition in which a fallen angel exercises such control over an individual that the individual is unable or unwilling to resist.

 

CAN A CHRISTIAN BECOME POSSESSED BY A DEMON?
The answer is: NO. A Christian CANNOT become possessed by a demon. When you become a genuine born again believer in Christ Jesus it means that you become a child of God and a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17,18) who is under the complete spiritual guardianship, protection and direction of the Most High God (Romans 8:14-17).

Below are the following reasons why a Christian cannot be possessed by demons

(1). A Christian Is The Temple of the Holy Spirit1 Corinthians 6:19 NKJVOr do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?
The Holy Spirit / the Spirit of God dwells inside every Christian according to the scriptures and the Holy Spirit will perform various functions in our lives such as; performing the various gifts of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:1-11); or enabling us to live according to the fruits of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:16-25); or equipping us with power to overcome the enemy (2 Timothy 1:7); and leading us to the real truth pertaining to God’s word (John 16:13-15).
If therefore, the Holy Spirit dwells inside of us and in our body, how then can a demon spirit indwell in the same body at the same time as the Holy Spirit does?
When the Holy Spirit dwells inside of a born again Christian, it is impossible for a demon spirit to overcome the Holy Spirit in order to control the same territory where the Holy Spirit dwells. The gifts and the power of the Holy Spirit when they are working inside of a Christian cannot be overpowered by the tricks and imitations of the enemy.
In 1 Corinthians 6:19, Paul says that “… you are not your own”. In other words, you are God’s property as a Christian; you belong to God (including your whole body). Therefore if you belong to God, then your body cannot at any time be possessed by a demon spirit for as long as you are a true born again Christians.

(2). A Christian Has Been Given Power Over the EnemyLuke 10:19-20 NKJVBehold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven.
In Christ, a born again Christian has authority over the enemy. It is not vice versa. When you are a Christian, in Christ the demon spirits do not have power or authority over your body in order to possess and control your body and mind. God has therefore through Christ Jesus, given us the power to cast out demons and the authority over demons can only be given to born again Christians. Mark 16:17 NKJV – And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues;

(3). The Status of a Christian is Higher Than the Status of the Enemy – 1 John 4:4 NKJVYou are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.
In Christ, a Christian is a child of God and as such a Christian is automatically more privileged than the enemy or than anyone in the world. The scriptures say that when God dwells in a person, that particular person becomes a child of God who is able to “overcome” the enemy and this child of God is “greater” than the enemy because the person is “of God”. Therefore as you look at the issue of whether a Christian can be demon possessed, God has made it virtually impossible for the enemy to be greater or to overcome a born again Christian / child of God in who God dwells.
Colossians 2:9-10 NKJV – For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.
If the fullness of Christ Jesus dwells inside of a Christian, and if a Christian is “COMPLETE” in Christ who is the “head of ALL principality and power”, how then can this very same Christian be possessed by a demon spirit that trembles, submits and bows at the name of Jesus (Philippians 2:10,11), (James 2:19)?

(4). God Is Supreme Over All Things – Colossians 1:15-18 NKJVHe is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.
Demons cannot occupy the same space that is occupied by the Holy Spirit because God is greater than any evil spirit since God is the Creator of everything, that is both seen and unseen. This supremacy of God includes even the fallen angels or demons.

  • To believe that a Christian can become demon possessed, would be to deny the supremacy of Jesus in a Christian’s life when a person becomes born again.
  • To believe that a Christian can become demon possessed, would be to deny that Jesus has given the Christian the power, privilege and authority in Him to overcome the enemy at any given time or place.
  • To believe that a Christian can be demon possessed, would mean that the devil can possess any Christian he feels like possessing at any time of the day; It would also mean that the devil is able to make Christians powerless to overcome him and his demon spirits because all that the devil would need to do is just possess any Christian and simply enact his evil plans through any Christian of the devil’s choosing.
  • To believe that a Christian can be demon possessed, would mean that there is virtually not very much difference between the spiritual power and authority of a Christian and that of an unbeliever. If both Christians and unbelievers are being possessed by evil spirits how would one tell the difference between a true believer in Christ and an unbeliever.

THE NOMINAL CHRISTIAN
Someone might say “Well, I don’t agree with you and I’m confused, because I once saw a person whom I know to be a Christian and he/she was possessed during a church meeting ”
The simple answer to this statement is this: There is a difference between TRUE born again believers of Christ and those who profess or appear to be Christians but yet their relationship with Christ is not reciprocal. Even Jesus and the word of God does mention that there will be false believers / false prophets / hypocrites or people who may have been falsely deceived by improper doctrine to the extent that their true knowledge of the status of their relationship with God is negatively affected. Such people who are false or have been deceived are called Nominal Christians.
Nominal Christians are Christians in name only, but yet their life, their fruits, their works (even the things they do in secret) denies Christ Jesus even though they bear the name “Christian”. Nominal Christians will know exactly how to act “Christian” or “religious” outwardly, but either in secret or because of false indoctrination or self-deception, they will be living a life that is both deceptive and rebellious against God and His word (Matthew 23:25-28).
It is very important to note that the word of God regards nominal Christians in the same category as unbelievers because nominal Christians are not genuine biblical born again Christians. Therefore if a nominal Christian becomes demon possessed it is very possible because according to God’s word, the nominal Christian is not truly born again nor do they have a genuine one-on-one relationship with the LORD.

Here are a few examples in God’s word concerning God’s view and God’s judgement about nominal Christians and those who are religious but yet are self-deceived due to false doctrine:

  • Nominal Christians Are Religious but They Are Also IniquitousMatthew 7:21-23 NKJV“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’
  • Nominal Christians Are Religious, but They Are Disobedient to ChristLuke 6:46-47 NKJV“But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say?”
  • Nominal Christians Are Religious, but They Do Not Bear Godly FruitMatthew 7:15-20 NKJV “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thorn-bushes or figs from thistles? Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore by their fruits you will know them.”
  • Nominal Christians Are Religious, but They Have Deceived Themselves2 Timothy 4:3-5 ESVFor the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.
  • Nominal Christians Are Religious, but They Do Not Abide in Jesus John 15:5-6 NKJV “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.”

(The above scriptures on nominal Christians are only but a few examples of scripture to explain my point. I decided not to expand in explaining each scripture so that I may focus on the main topic of this post. You can read my article THE NOMINAL CHRISTIAN to learn about nominal Christians and to find out the difference between a nominal Christian and a true born again Christian. This issue is very important as it will help people to be freed from the deception of the enemy and to also help people to become genuine born again children of God. Matthew 7:21-23 for example clearly shows that on judgement day there will be some people who will be shocked and dismayed that they are not going to Heaven because Jesus will tell them , ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’)

HOWEVER, please note nominal Christians can become demon possessed – but GENUINELY born again Christians CANNOT be demon possessed.
The Bible does not give any known examples or situations where a truly genuinely born again Christian became possessed by a demon.
Instead, God’s word gives us overwhelming evidence that if a person is truly a genuine biblical Christian then such a person cannot be demon possessed because God and a demon cannot occupy the same body and because greater is God who is in us, than he who is in the world (1 John 4:4). God’s word also gives overwhelming evidence that a true born again Christian is a new creation who has been given authority over all the power of the enemy.

So can Christians be demon possessed? NO! Genuine Christians cannot be demon possessed.

HOW TO BECOME A  CHRISTIAN
If you are not a Christian, and you want to become a born-again Christian, you can do so by confessing with your mouth and believing in your heart that Jesus is Lord and that He came to save you from the power of the enemy and so that you may have an eternal everlasting relationship with Him. You can commit to making Jesus your Lord and Saviour and to live for God.

Romans 10:9-10 NKJV
that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

(You can also click two of the following links below in order to have detailed information on how to become a born again Christian and what it means to become a Christian).

LINKS
Become A Christian
Bible Verses on Who You Are In Christ Jesus and Qualities of a True Christian

You can also pray the prayer below to become a born again Christian but after you have prayed the prayer below, PLEASE visit our Become A Christian link and Who You Are In Christ Jesus link in order to understand and be knowledgeable of Salvation through Christ Jesus.

 

Why not make your eternal decision NOW?

We become born again Christians through FAITH or TOTAL TRUST in Jesus Christ as our Lord & Savior (Galatians 3:26)

This prayer is only an EXPRESSION of your faith, belief & trust in Jesus.

“Lord Jesus, I thank You for Your love. I thank You that You died on the cross for me and resurrected so that I may have life through You.
I confess Lord that I have sinned against You and today I ask You to forgive me of all of my sins, past present and future.
I repent of all of my sins and I ask You to cleanse me Jesus.
Thank You for forgiving my sins.
From this moment, come into my life Lord Jesus & take full control of my life. I want to follow You Jesus and I want to follow Your ways. Save me and from today, make me the person You want me to be.
I receive You Lord Jesus right now by faith. I make You my Lord and Savior – Amen”

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